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Innovating through Recession

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Innovate

Moments of economic turbulence provide the unique opportunity to start
new businesses, launch disruptive new products, and strengthen customer
loyalty – often at a discount. During these challenging times, here are a few
pointers on what to do, why to do it, and what to avoid. But first, a little
motivation is in order and, rather than quote Charles Dickens, I offer you a
tribute to organizations who have successfully innovated through the “worst
of times”. When the going gets tough, the tough innovate. Here’s how.

Professor Andrew J. Razeghi

Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, Illinois 60208
(773) 755-3100

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“I think it’s more essential to innovate through a recession, and certainly
what we’re trying to do at P&G is to continue to bring sustaining and even
disruptive new brands and products for our consumers, to make their lives
better, to offer them a little more value.”
A.G. Lafley, Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble


On September 23, 2008, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway agreed to invest $5 billion
in Goldman Sachs via a purchase of preferred stock. To help sweeten the deal, Goldman
also granted Berkshire warrants giving Buffett the option to purchase up to $5 billion of
common shares at the handsome strike price of $115/share (less than half of Goldman’s
peak share price of $248). One week later, Berkshire invested an additional $3 billion in
General Electric on terms that would make the Godfather blush with envy. While Buffett
may be alone in his wealth and notoriety, he is not alone in his wisdom. Great leaders and
the organization’s they lead translate moments of uncertainty into moments of
opportunity in which to not only streamline operations, but also to innovate. Economic
downturns make innovation not only more important, but one could argue – as I will
shortly - that the process of innovation is actually easier to manage and much more cost-
effective during economic downturns. More importantly, the products of innovation are
more valuable during tough times. As we enter this period of economic turbulence, the
question is not whether or not to innovate? The question is how to innovate? There is no
better time to widen the gap between you and your competition. Here’s how and why.


1) Listen to the market. It’s quieter when it’s less crowded. Unmet needs abound.

First, difficult economic times expose unmet needs in the market making it much easier
to identify opportunities for new product development. Rather than pull back on
innovation in new products, consider how you may use this time to create and launch
your most disruptive ideas. If you think it can’t be done, consider this.

On October 24, 1929, panic selling began on Wall Street. By October 29, margin calls
wiped out thousands of accounts. The Great Depression was in full swing. Between 1929
and 1933, 15,000 banks failed, unemployment reached 25%, corporate profits plunged to
less than zero, farm prices were cut in half, and GNP fell 45% to 1916 levels. In spite of
the hazy forecast, many of America’s most successful innovators navigated this period of
time not through cost-cutting, but through innovation. First up: Henry R. Luce.

In February 1930, four short months after the stock market crash, Luce launched an
audacious, irreverent, and vibrantly-colored arsenal of human interest stories in the form
of new media product called Fortune Magazine. Not only did he have the gall to launch a
new product in the shadow of the Great Depression, he launched an expensive new

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product. At the outrageously-lofty price of $1 per issue, Fortune launched with only
30,000 subscribers. By 1937, the magazine netted a half-million dollars on its circulation
of 460,000. By the end of the decade, Fortune had become required reading on Wall
Street. Why did it work?

Fortune worked for the very same reason that all great new products work: it made a
uniquely relevant contribution to its customers’ lives (period). A recession – or in this
case, a depression - does not make market needs disappear into the ether. Not only do
they still exist, new needs emerge. During difficult economic times, market needs are
more exposed than they are during an economic boom when the market is saturated with
everyone’s “great idea” - many of which are chasing needs that have already been
satisfied. When markets turn south, it’s easier to discern what the market needs precisely
because the market is thinking more about what it needs and why it needs it. We are
simply more thoughtful, more aware, and more focused during economic downturns. In
fact, in the case of Fortune, the stock market crash actually piqued interest in the culture
of business. People were more attuned to what went on behind closed doors, in
boardrooms, and in the hallowed halls of corporate America. Fortune magazine worked
not in spite of the Great Depression. It worked because of the Great Depression. Luce did
what all great innovators do: he found an unmet need in the market and filled it. The
stories found between the pages of Fortune magazine could not be found in the Wall
Street Journal or in between the black-and-white lines of the many statistics-laden trade
periodicals or even in Luce’s other successful media property, Time Magazine (which he
founded in 1923). While others recoiled, Luce built an empire with Fortune at its
foundation. Like Fortune magazine, so too did other companies take advantage of the
dark days of the Depression to launch new products. And they did it exactly the same
way Luce did: they listened to the market and responded to its needs.

In 1933, Kraft launched its iconic salad dressing/sandwich spread Miracle Whip - again,
not in spite of the Depression, but because of it. Although Kraft had an existing
mayonnaise business, its sales had slipped as a result of the economic conditions. Named
after the machine that created it, Miracle Whip (a product that Kraft had actually acquired
from an inventor in Salem, Illinois) allowed the company to start a new conversation with
its consumers about its products. Launched at the Century of Progress Chicago World’s
Fair in 1933, this new miracle mayonnaise spread had instant appeal to Depression-weary
consumers who had grown tired of the boring taste of vegetables, salads, and sandwiches.
Not only was Miracle Whip a one-of-a-kind new product, it was relevant. Innovation is
not a “good times only” exercise. Innovation always matters. It must, however, be
relevant to the needs of the market. In the case of Kraft, within six months after its initial
launch, this uniquely relevant new idea outsold all other brands of dressing and
mayonnaise and went on to become a mainstay in refrigerators across America. A
sandwich just isn’t a sandwich without the TANGY ZIP of Miracle Whip!

Beyond new products, others launched entirely new companies in the shadow of the
Great Depression. Like Kraft’s insight on boring sandwiches, cosmetics innovator
Charles Revson also realized that consumers had grown weary and so, in 1932, he along
with his brother Joseph and chemist Charles Lachman (who contributed the “L” to the

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Revlon name) pooled their savings and launched their cosmetics company on a single
idea: “a rich-looking, opaque nail enamel in a wide variety of shades never before
available.” Within six years, Revlon had become one of the most recognized cosmetics
brands in the world. Meanwhile, in Chicago, the Galvin brothers founded Galvin
Manufacturing Corporation in 1928, but really began to witness the growth of their
company in 1930 on the launch of one of the first commercially-successful car radios: a
product they introduced called the “motor” (for motorcar) “ola” (for sound). And thus,
Motorola was founded. In the same year, in the West Texas oil fields, Geophysical
Service, Inc. was founded to help discover hidden oil reservoirs. Since then, the company
has amassed a war chest of 15,000 patents under the name Texas Instruments leading to
countless innovations that have touched our lives as profoundly as the products created
and launched from a Palo Alto garage in 1939 by Stanford chums Bill Hewlett and David
Packard. And the list goes on: Chuck Taylor invented the modern basketball in the mid-
’30s; Art Rooney founded the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1933 (then the Pittsburgh Pirates);
and so on.

Like innovators before us, use this time to be aware of the market, not afraid of it. The
great mistake many organizations make during turbulent times is that they quit listening
to the market. They pull back on research and development precisely at the moment when
the market is speaking most loudly. Now is the time to listen to your customers. Now is
the time to get out into the market and identify those elusive unarticulated needs you’ve
been searching for. Listen to the market. It’s speaking to you. Unmet needs abound.


2) Invest in your customers. Now they need you most. Loyalty hangs in the balance.

Downturns provide the opportunity to strengthen relationships with customers thereby

improving customer loyalty. At a time when consumer sentiment is nearly at an all-time
low, rather than reduce customer service, use this time to get closer to your customers,
connect with them on a deeper level, and show them what’s possible – what the future
will hold. Consider the furniture brand La-Z-Boy for example.

La-Z-Boy launched its iconic reclining chair in 1929 just months before the stock market
crash but sales continued as customers bartered everything from wheat to coal to farm
animals for their very own chair. Nothing stood between a man and his La-Z-Boy. The
company’s founders did everything they could to keep their customers seated in their
products. Extend better terms. Service their accounts more quickly. Help them stay afloat.
By the end of the Depression, not only had La-Z-Boy collected a wide-array of farm
animals it had amassed unparalleled customer loyalty for its service and quality.

Likewise, in 2003, when the Dow was at historical lows over a 10-year period, Apple
continued to invest. When asked why he hadn’t reduced research and development
spending when others in the industry had experienced a slow down, Steve Jobs recalls:
“What has happened in technology over the last few years has been about the downturn,
not the future of technology. A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe

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that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we
kept putting great products in front of [customers], they would continue to open their
wallets. And that’s what we’ve done. We’ve been turning out more new products than
ever before, and Apple is one of the only two companies making money in the PC
business. We’re not making a lot, but other than Dell, we’re the only one. Others are
losing money – a lot of money.”

Apple has a long history of remaining relevant during the most difficult of times. Of
course, like most contemporary organizations, Apple also has a history of downsizing and
restructuring, but it has also chosen to innovate through recession. Through innovation,
Apple has not only kept its pipeline robust, but – more importantly – it has remained in
front of its customers. Apple always has a story to tell. And it tells that story through new
products. New products are not only required to remain relevant, they are signs of hope to
employees and to customers that your company and your brand are valuable in their lives.
During these times, remember that your customers are as worried as you are. Stay close
to them. Help them get what they want and they’ll remember you over the long haul: they
will “continue to open their wallets”.


3) Rather than reduce price, offer more value to your customers and demand greater
value from vendors.

During difficult economic times, consumers use greater discretion in making purchasing
decisions. Every dollar matters and therefore every decision a customer makes is
examined more closely. If your product or service isn’t extraordinary, your customers
will be more likely to delay purchasing it. And, as every great salesman knows, time kills
all deals. Given the scrutiny that customers place on decision-making in turbulent times,
the knee-jerk reaction among some companies is to reduce price. However, before you
reduce price, consider how hard you’ve worked to “get the price”. Moreover, consider
how much time and effort has been invested into getting you to where you are. Certainly
your sales are hurting, but there is something much more valuable at stake and that is
your brand. Your brand is sacred and, in the absence of innovation, stand-alone price
reductions can wreak havoc on your brand. In some cases, price reductions in the absence
of innovation have led to the implosion of the entire enterprise. Consider the fate of
Vlasic, the famed pickle company.

Not only did Vlasic slash the price of its products, it loaded them up into gallon jars and
sold the oversized products at Wal-mart for $2.97 (that’s less than the price of a quart of
Vlasic sliced pickles found at grocery stores). The product worked for Wal-mart insofar
that it garnered the attention of consumers. The big jar-o-pickles screamed value to Wal-
mart’s customers. Although, the fact that it was a jar of pickles didn’t really matter. What
mattered was that it was a big, cheap jar of pickles! After all, who needs that many
pickles? It could have been a big, cheap jar-o-socks; a big, cheap jar-o-batteries; or a big,
cheap jar-o-peanut butter. Vlasic was nothing more than an in-store advertisement for
Wal-mart’s Everyday Low Prices. Although the gallon jar fiasco wasn’t solely

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responsible for Vlasic’s demise, it certainly helped the company find its way to
bankruptcy much more quickly. Its earnings evaporated. However, price reductions do
more than compromise earnings. They compromise customers’ perceived value of your
products and services [your brand] which ultimately affects the long-term equity of the
franchise. Therefore, rather than look to price reductions, add greater value to your
customers. Extend them better terms. Improve the purchasing process. Get your products
to them more quickly. Increase your cooperative marketing activities. Show them ways in
which to better use your products to improve their lives. Do anything but reduce price.

This logic also extends to your relationship with your vendors. Rather than demand price
reductions from your vendors – which ultimately translate into quality reductions – work
with your supplier community to extract greater value. Insist that they deliver faster, be
more innovative, find ways to cut costs in their operations (and to show you how they’ve
done so), and invest in your growth agenda. Do as a client of mine did: sponsor a “stop
doing contest” and offer awards. The idea is simple. Offer “rewards” for those who can
find ways to reduce operating expenses, improve efficiencies, and eliminate redundant
and costly processes that may help not only save money, but improve operations. There is
only one caveat: other than the CEO, who has the unfortunate task of cutting jobs in some
cases, you cannot. In other words, those who participate in “stop doing contest” must find
ways through process, structure, and other avenues to reduce expenses. You can get
creative about what winners will receive, but – my advice for more than one reason – is
to stick to recognition over financial rewards. Much like getting in shape, people get
creative when they have to. Lean on them – your vendors and your employees - to help
you not only survive, but to thrive during these times. Let vendors innovate for you. One
of the most often overlooked opportunities for innovation is to simply ask your vendors
what they would do if they were you. Let them incur the cost of research. It is in their
best interest to find the future for you.


4) Increase communication with your customers.

In addition to staying close to customers, use this time to increase your communications
with them. In times of trouble, the worst thing you can do is to hide. From a marketing
perspective, this involves cutting back communications. This is particularly salient advice
for consumer products companies where new products and marketing are its lifeblood,
but it also applies to companies operating in a business-to-business environment.

Consider the evidence. In a study of 600 business-to-business companies, McGraw-Hill

Research found that businesses that maintained or increased their advertising
expenditures during the 1981-1982 recession, averaged higher sales growth during the
recession and in the three years following. By 1985, sales of aggressive recession
advertisers (those that either maintained or increased spending) had risen 256% over
those that cut-back on advertising. Likewise, in 2001, another study found that aggressive
recession advertisers increased market share 2 ½ times the average for all businesses in
the post-recession economy. In 2002, the Strategic Planning Institute illustrated that, in

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contrast, during economic expansion, although 80% of businesses increased their
advertising spending, there was no improvement in market share simply because
everyone had increased spending. Now is the time to increase communications not cut it

From an advertising perspective, there are a few things you may want to consider. When
advertising during a recession, heed the advice of ARS Group. First, 15-second ads are
just over half the price of 30-second ads however they are three-quarters the strength. So,
you may want to use multiple 15-second ads versus 30-second ads to increase marketing
strength. Moreover, 25% of the time, the 15-second ad is actually stronger than the 30-
second ad. Second, in order to save on production costs, consider using “cut-down”
versions of 30-second ads when creating 15-second versions, but be careful not to lose
the key message. And third, if you do need to cut, do not “go black”. In other words, it is
better to turn communications down to a slow leak than to shut off the valve entirely.

That said: while you can play with conventional advertising and media spending, you
don’t need to spend a lot to get a lot of attention in turbulent times. Consider Ralston
Purina who, between 1930 and 1932, saw its sales plummet from $60 million to $19
million. Rather than stop its marketing in its tracks and in an effort to build brand
awareness with limited marketing dollars, the company launched a historic product
placement by sending its Dog Chow Checkers dog food to the South Pole with Admiral
Byrd thereby helping the company cut through the clutter and win the attention of
consumers. By the way, it’s a good thing they chose Byrd’s expedition and not
Shackleton’s: with “food and stores gone”, Shackleton’s crew ate their dogs.
Nonetheless, by 1939, Ralston Purina’s creative marketing strategies and growth plans
worked putting the company back in black, never to operate in the red again.

The worst thing you can do is to disappear from a marketing perspective. For example, an
organization I know well made the decision not to attend a key industry trade show
during a difficult economic period in order to save cost. However, what they didn’t
consider was the inadvertent message this action would send to their customers. The
news – rather, gossip – was that the business must be in trouble since it was “always at
the show”. As it turned out, their absence was their greatest presence. Their customers
didn’t know that the business was in trouble until they decided not to show up at the
industry event. As a result, some customers – one of which also happened to be a client
of mine – decided to seek new proposals from vendors for fear that this particular
supplier was in trouble. It became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Be careful how you cut
marketing costs during difficult economic times. Rather than eliminate spending, get
creative. Creativity doesn’t require a big budget. Ideas are cheap. Communicating value
can be less costly by getting creative in your communications with customers. Imagine
you have no marketing budget, what would you do?


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5) Move longer-term projects forward not back. Now is the time to grab market share.

Downturns provide the opportunity to widen the gap between you and your competitors.
While others cower, now is the time to grab market share. Rather than compromise the
integrity and quality of your product or service by paring back ingredients, eliminating
features, or stripping it to its most basic offering, consider using this time to improve the
quality of your products, invest in new opportunities, and make key acquisitions in line
with corporate strategy. The key is to stay the course of strategy. Consider the success of
“All the News That’s Fit to Print.”

Following the stock market crash in 1929, Adolph Ochs, publisher of The New York
Times, issued a memo to his staff: “We must set an example of optimism. Please urge
every department to go ahead as if we thought the best year in the world is ahead of us.”
Although fifteen advertisers cancelled their contracts with Ochs in a single week, Ochs
mitigated employee layoffs opting to use the $12 million surplus he had built during the
roaring 1920s to pay salaries. He also maintained the editorial quality of the paper even
though advertising had fallen off. So, in effect, the paper became a “better” product
insofar that it contained fewer advertisements, but still had the same editorial and news
coverage. Finally, rather than spin the financial horror story of the day, at the end of the
year, Ochs chose Admiral Byrd’s exploration of Antarctica as the most important news
story of 1929. Once the Great Depression had ended, the New York Times had more
readers than any other newspaper in the country which, in turn, translated into higher
advertising rates. Ochs stayed the course and emerged triumphant.

Like Ochs decision to invest in turbulent times, in a study of 1,000 companies over an 18-
year period (1982-1999), McKinsey & Company found that those companies that
retained or gained market leadership during the recession of 1990-1991 invested cash
reserves on strategic acquisitions and opted to pursue new opportunities that fit its overall
corporate strategy rather than focusing on reducing operating expenses. They stayed the
course. It sounds logical, but it requires discipline.

When in trouble, human behavior is to hunker down and protect the nest not to build it
bigger and fly away in search of more food. However, as it turns out, those who stay in
the market and invest ultimately reap the benefits. For example, in a counter-intuitive
move, instead of firing the engineers that they’ll need in two years time – their estimate
for the duration of the downturn - Rockwell, a producer of insulation, has moved their
development projects forward by three years thereby allowing them to maintain their
engineers and hire new talent. Given its historically-low unemployment rate (near a 30-
year low), and a tight labor market, the Danish company has chosen to use this
opportunity to match its workforce to its longer-term opportunities than to match its
workforce to its current product lines. Actions such as these are why some companies
emerge from recessions stronger and further ahead of their competitors. Use this time to
widen the gap.


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6) In recession, not all costs are created equal. Maintain or increase investment in
“good costs”; prune “bad costs”; use judgment on “it depends costs”.

PIMS (Profit Impact of Market Strategy) studied 1000 businesses over the period
between the 1970s to the 1990s with the intent of understanding how they faired during
periods of recession. To qualify, the term recession generally refers to economic
downturns lasting at least two quarters or more. In contrast, PIMS used “market
recession” which is a measure of a product sales dip that lasts for at least two years and
then recovers. Market recessions typically occur during economic downturns, but can
also happen independently. And so, one could argue that PIMS’ findings are even more
compelling as they are indicator of what President Ronald Reagan once defined as
“recession”: “a recession is when a neighbor loses his job.” While the entirety of the
economy may not be in recession, a particular industry or category may be experiencing
difficult economic times. And therefore, understanding “market recession” in the context
of or independently from recession is more relevant and more useful to individual

In order to separate winners from losers, PIMS considered three measures: return on
capital employed (ROCE), change in profitability during the first two years of recovery,
and change in market share during the first two years of recovery. PIMS aha moment was
this: not all costs are created equal. In other words, there are “good costs” and “bad
costs”. Good costs yield improvements to these measures. Bad costs do not. Good costs
are those that should be increased during recession. Bad costs are those that should be
cut. It should also be noted that PIMS also included an “it depends cost” category which
allowed for understanding specific costs relevant to specific businesses given their
strategic direction at the time the recessions began. “It depends costs” include things such
as outsourcing, retaining spare capacity, and even aggressive pricing should the category
and/or market situation support such moves. PIMS findings and recommendations are
clear: “In a recession, dare to invest aggressively in marketing, innovation and customer
quality”. Innovation is a good cost. An example is Gillette’s 1990 introduction of its
Gillette Sensor brand of shaving products. Launched in a recession, more than 8 billion
Sensor razor blade cartridges and 400 million Sensors razors have been sold. By 1997,
49% of Gillette’s sales came from new products launched in the previous five years and
R&D spending had reached $212 million.

On the other hand, “bad costs” involve investing in things such as fixed and working
capital, manufacturing, and general and administrative expenses. Investing in such assets
during recession - even though their presence is intended to yield cost competitiveness or
improve productivity often do just the opposite. In theory, the case for “bad costs” often
makes sense; however, in practice, intentions are rarely realized as benefits of new assets
are often erased in an attempt to fill capacity. Such was the case of a paper products
manufacturer in the UK that invested in building a state-of-the-art facility during the
1990s. The prevailing logic of the investment was that new automation could replace
employees working in their warehouses and improve the efficiency in how they managed
orders. In reality, profits actually fell not only because of the high depreciation charges,
but also because of the need to retain expensive consultants to “de-bug” the process,

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software, and systems. To add insult to injury, customer service fell off dramatically as
the new system did not allow for flexibility in prioritizing and re-prioritizing customer
orders based on immediate needs which, in turn, led to a loss of business and a reduction
in market share. To compensate, the company reduced its prices in an attempt to win
back business only to see its margins erode even further. This company is not alone.
Similar investments are often met with similar challenges. These challenges are difficult
enough during expansion periods, and be near fatal during recessionary periods.

Innovation, like marketing and customer service, is a good cost. In recession, dare to
invest in good costs.


7) If you don’t have the money, at least spend the time.

Finally, realize that creativity loves constraints. Innovation thrives when it has no other
choice. In this way, innovation is the most basic and primal of human experiences. We do
it best when we have to. It may sound cliché (because it is), but necessity is indeed the
mother of invention. Consider the birth of the world’s first instant coffee: it too a
Depression era baby. In 1930, the Brazilian Coffee Institute had a problem: it was sitting
on a huge surplus of coffee beans. Thinking, correctly, that a new product could help
increase consumption, the Institute contacted Nestlé’s chairman with a request to develop
“a coffee that was soluble in hot water and retained its flavor.” If you want to sell a lot of
coffee really fast, conventional wisdom suggests that it be quick to make and to consume.
But that’s not all that mattered - as evidenced by the fact that there were pre-existing
crystallized and liquid forms of coffee on the market and in laboratories around the world
dating back to 1903. There was only one problem: they tasted terrible. Therefore, the
Brazilian challenge seemed reasonable and worth the time to figure out. Alas, seven years
after the initial request, Nestlé’s scientists emerged with the solution and by 1938,
Nescafé was launched in Switzerland. Shortly thereafter, it became a staple beverage of
consumers through the world most notably among the United States armed forces. In fact,
by World War II, Nescafe had become so popular among American military personnel
that the entire production of its U.S. plant (one million cases per year) was reserved for
military use only. The next 60 years stood witness to variations on the theme of every
new, big, and bold idea in what I call the “New Product Waltz”: new packaging, new
flavors (dark roast, light roast, decaf), new sizes, and – today - a range of specialty
coffees. It’s all very au courant, yet it’s not at all. Nonetheless, it works.

Now is the time to unleash corporate creativity. The greatest mistake you can make now
is to mortgage your future by failing to innovate. Remember: you don’t need a lot of
money to think, but you do need time. And if you are already in the process of tightening
your belt anyway, you might as well consider investing in a new pair of pants.


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About the Author

Andrew Razeghi is adjunct associate professor at the Kellogg School

of Management at Northwestern University; a popular speaker on
growth strategy and innovation; and author of several books
including HOPE: How Triumphant Leaders Create the Future
(Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and THE RIDDLE: Where Ideas Come From
and How to Have Better Ones. THE RIDDLE was chosen by FAST
COMPANY magazine as one of its “Smart Books” for 2008. If you’d
like to check Andrew’s availability to speak at your upcoming event,
contact Cindy at or (773) 755-3100.

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News of Warren Buffett’s investment in Goldman Sachs was reported widely. This information was published by the
LA Times and can be explored further at:

News of Warren Buffett’s investment in General Electric was also reported widely. This information was published by and can be explored further at

The history and life of Fortune Magazine’s founder is from John Kobler’s book, Luce; his Time, Life, and Fortune.
Doubleday: New York, 1968, p. 85.

The transcript of the interview with P&G Chairman and CEO A.G. Lafley for PBS television’s “Nightly Business
Report” is available at

Steve Jobs quote on innovating through recession was published by the MacObserver on August 13th, 2003 in an article
entitled “Steve Jobs On Optimism, Innovation, Apple, Profitability, Piracy, and More.” The full-length interview can
be read at

Research on “Advertising in Recession” was published y ARS Group and is available at

PIMS study of “good costs, bad costs, and it depends costs” can be found at

Adolph Ochs leadership of the New York Times is from my book HOPE: How Triumphant Leaders Create the Future
(Jossey-Bass/Wiley, San Francisco, 2006), pp. 22-23.

Rockwell’s innovative approach to research and development can be explored further at,3343,en_2649_34569_40069339_1_1_1_1,00.html.

The history of Kraft’s Miracle Whip brand can be found at


The history of Nestle’s Nescafe can be found on Nestle’s corporate website at

The history of Motorola can be found on Motorola’s corporate website at

The history of HP can be found on HP’s corporate website at

The history of Texas Instruments can be found on TI’s corporate website at

The history of Revlon cosmetics can be found on Revlon’s corporate website at

The history of Converse and Chuck Taylor’s invention of the modern basketball can be found at

The history of La-Z-Boy can be found at

McKinsey & Company’s research on “Learning to Love Recessions” can be found at

Also, special thanks to my former student, Jack Sheu - now at Google - for the inspiration to write this article.

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